The semiotics of colors in Mohammad Adam's poetry based on Pierce's theory

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD student in Arabic Language and Literature, Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University

2 professor, Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University

3 faculty member

4 Assistant professor of Arab Language and Literature, Azarbaijan Shahid Madani University.



The study of linguistic signs and semantic structure is a relatively new way of studying literary texts that expresses the inner actions, messages, and intentions hidden in the secondary layers of the text. One of the suitable models for criticizing the semiotics of literary works is Pierce's theory, which divides the sign into three parts: representation, subject, and interpretation. According to this theory, the concept of sign arises from the semantic connection between these three components, and words have many implicit meanings whose representation displays the concept and the main message of the poet. Muhammad Adam is one of the modern Egyptian poets with poems in which color element is widely reflected and each of these colors has various poetic meanings and semantic loads that in addition to their true meaning, have many virtual and poetic meanings hidden in. This research tries to study the process of formation of signs in Mohammad Adam's poetry based on Pierce's theory, and to express the hidden data in colors. The research data indicate that the signs in the colors show the special and sometimes unique attitude of Mohammad Adam towards concepts such as love, death, life, aging and nihilism. The concept of sign in Adam's poems arises as a result of the semantic continuum between representation, subject, and interpretation.


Articles in Press, Accepted Manuscript
Available Online from 10 January 2023
  • Receive Date: 24 July 2022
  • Revise Date: 26 September 2022
  • Accept Date: 06 November 2022
  • First Publish Date: 06 November 2022